After AGREEING a deal in principle with Zenit late last night for Arshavin, Arsenal were shocked to find out a hidden clause in the players contract which has cast doubt over the move that seem to be finally going through.
After agreeing the club record £16.8m fee with Zenit, Arsenal then found out that the player has a clause which means that he would have to pay Zenit almost £3m in compensation for not seeing out his contract.
Arshavin expected Arsenal to pay this £3m but Arsenal who have already pushed out the boat on the fee have now got cold feet over the deal.
Arshavin who wants to come to London,has told Arsenal that if they didn’t want to pay the £3m compensation to Zenit he would pay it but in return he would want more then the £80.000 a week that was on the table to cover the cost.
And that’s how we stand at this moment in time. Arsenal and Zenit have agreed a price for the player but Arsenal have stalled and are thinking about pulling out over the players wages/compensation payment to Zenit.
I cant blame Arsenal if they pull out of this deal. Imagine you are trying to buy a car with a dealer. Its a car you really want and feel its worth £10,000, The deal has got the price set at £20,000. You offer £12,000 and the dealer says give me £18,000…But you only have a budget of £15m and you cant meet the asking price. Somehow (Usmanov) a friend has agreed to give you the extra cash that you needed to get your dream car. You dont really want to take the money off this person but you do as you feel you are never going to get a chance like this again. You agree a price and shake hands with the dealer. Then when you sit down to do all the paper work,the dealer tells you that its going to need a full service and MOT plus tax and loads of other stuff that’s going to cost you about £3,000…Money you don’t have….What do you do?
Errrrrhhhhhh…Welcome to the world of Arsenal FC, and thats why the club have not said today that they have agreed a fee for Arshavin
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